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Review: “Jenna & Jonah’s Fauxmance,” Emily Franklin & Brendan Halpin

April 22, 2011

I received this book for free from Bloomsbury Australia in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: “Jenna & Jonah’s Fauxmance,” Emily Franklin & Brendan HalpinJenna & Jonah's Fauxmance (Standalone)
Written by Brendan Halpin, Emily Franklin
Published May, 2011 by Bloomsbury
229 pages
Provided by: Bloomsbury Australia
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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four-stars

Fans of romance don’t need to look any further than the fauxmance brewing between teen idols Charlie Tracker and Fielding Withers—known on their hit TV show as Jenna and Jonah, next-door neighbors flush with the excitement of first love. But it’s their off-screen relationship that has helped cement their fame, as passionate fans follow their every PDA.

They grace the covers of magazines week after week. Their fan club has chapters all over the country. The only problem is their off-screen romance is one big publicity stunt, and Charlie and Fielding can’t stand to be in the same room. Still, it’s a great gig, so even when the cameras stop rolling, the show must go on, and on, and on. . . . Until the pesky paparazzi blow their cover, and Charlie and Fielding must disappear to weather the media storm.

It’s not until they’re far off the grid of the Hollywood circuit that they realize that there’s more to each of them than shiny hair and a winning smile.

I went into Jenna & Jonah’s Fauxmance not expecting much, so I was very delighted when I found a real jem of a light read. It’s a quick and fluffy with some great interaction between the leading characters. If you’re looking for a feel-good standalone book then this is the one for you!

When reading this book it’s impossible not to think of the lives of certain Disney stars. Jenna and Jonah (AKA Charlie and Fielding) are The Family Network’s gravy train, starring in a show that’s not unlike Hanna Montana with wigged-secret-rockstars. From the first chapter I was enjoying the story. It doesn’t require a lot of thinking, it doesn’t require you to be on your guard for plot twists… it’s just simple and fun.

I really loved the banter between Charlie and Fielding/Aaron. Their relationship was complicated but interesting and I couldn’t help but want them to get together. I particularly loved their little getaway to Aaron’s fruit-farm estate in the middle of nowhere. If I had to pick a favourite portion of the novel, that would be it.

Things get a little ‘blah’ when the two star in the Shakespeare theatre in Oregon. I felt that part, especially the ending (I won’t spoil it), were a little rushed and not particularly spurred on by Charlie and Aaron themselves. It just didn’t sit well with me, although I do like the decisions Aaron made in regards to his life.

Jenna & Jonah gives you a great insight to the life of celebrity. After reading this you’ll really feel for all those paparazzi-stalked celebs who have to hide their faces and conceal their identity when simply going to get a carton of milk. The secondary characters are nothing special, but they don’t need to be. This isn’t an award-winning novel, but it doesn’t need to be. Go into this book without a critical mind and you will find yourself enjoying it. Sometimes you just need a fun read to give you your reading-groove back!

If you’re looking for a short, funny and entertaining read, pick this one up! If you enjoyed Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, give this a shot.

About Brendan Halpin

Brendan Halpin grew up in Cincinnati, went to college in Philadelphia, and has lived in Taipei and Edinburgh. Living in Boston since 1991, he currently lives with his wife and three kids and dog in the shadow of Franklin Park in Jamaica Plain - best neighborhood on earth.

About Emily Franklin

Growing up, Emily Franklin wanted to be “a singing, tap-dancing doctor who writes books.” Having learned early on that she has little to no dancing ability, she left the tap world behind, studied at Oxford University, and received an undergraduate degree concentrating in writing and neuroscience from Sarah Lawrence College. She lives with her husband, four kids, and enormous dog outside of Boston, Massachusetts.

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